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Signed Presidential Jersey on Display at Hall of Fame


ONEONTA, N.Y. (Tuesday, September 10, 2002) - A U.S. Men's National Team jersey from the 2002 FIFA World Cup signed by President George W. Bush is now on display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame.  The jersey, provided by U.S. Soccer, was brought back from the team's White House visit on August 2, 2002.  The jersey carries the number "1" along with the President's name and signature and is the centerpiece of a display that celebrates the U.S. Men's 2002 World Cup campaign.

The display also features several photographs taken from the team's visit.  The photos show glimpses of the visit, which included twelve players from the National Team along with the President of U.S. Soccer, Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, and head coach Bruce Arena.  Among the players in attendance were Cobi Jones, Brian McBride, Eddie Pope, Clint Mathis and Landon Donovan.

Will Lunn, President of The National Soccer Hall of Fame, recently expressed his excitement about the team's visit to the White House and the jersey's arrival.  "It's an honor to display this rare one-of-a-kind, autographed President Bush jersey," said Lunn.  "This is a first for the National Soccer Hall of Fame."

The National Soccer Hall of Fame, located in Oneonta, NY, opened a new 40,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art museum in 1999. The new Hall of Fame tells the story of soccer in America and features World Cup as well as greatest moments in international soccer. The new Hall features an extensive interactive, youth oriented Kicks Zone where visitors have fun kicking, heading and playing computer trivia stations and video soccer games.

The VideoWall features greatest moments and greatest goals as well as live soccer action with World Cup, MLS, US Soccer and WUSA matches. Unique and rare artifacts on exhibition range from the world’s oldest soccer ball to the Women’s World Cup won by the USA in 1999. Pele and Mia Hamm’s uniforms, Kristine Lilly’s golden shoes, NASL championship rings, MLS championship trophy, WUSA gallery – it’s all at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. In addition to the interactive Museum, the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex boasts the Kicks Hall of Fame Museum Store, a research library, four world class soccer fields and office/meeting facilities. The Hall plans to add a stadium, an indoor soccer arena and housing facilities by 2006.

For additional information contact Jack Huckel at the National Soccer Hall of Fame 607/ 432-3351 ext. 209, or log on to www.soccerhall.org.

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